This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Thursday, 4 July 2013

VegEdibles on 4th July

Lots of veg being harvested this month. I've had some plants bolting but I think the main reason is I've planted them too close together and they become stressed. Seems I've enough lettuces to last the whole summer! However, I imagine they'll begin to bolt / flower if I don't use them soon. Lunch is generally tuna salad and dinner is chicken salad,  with celery, radish, turnip, spring onion and whatever else I can harvest.

The celery grown last year and left over Winter is a good size to harvest. However I've noticed flowers coming so I think my time is limited to get it eaten. I had a look on the internet about freezing celery and it seems do-able so I will try this.
Chive flowers are lovely added to salads.
I keep replanting radish as per the seeds coming up below. Radish looks great in salads or sliced on top of pasta dishes. 

Above: Flowers begin to show on my Radish Hilds blauer Herbst und Winter, a German type of radish I'm trying out this year. So I pulled two of them - pictured below with Turnip 'Purple Top Milan'. The turnip are tennis ball size.  
I had said goodbye to rhubarb a couple of weeks ago but the plant produced more stalks and I decided another harvest was in order - more crumble and ice cream for me!
Lettuces everywhere ready to eat! A learning point - sow every few weeks rather than all at one time. Above is Lettuce ‘Verpia’ I bought by mail order. They're a lovely elephant sized lettuce leaf! 
Happy Independence Day to all Americans! Have a great weekend!

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  1. Your harvest looks great!I can imagine pretty and delicious salads. Thanks for the 4th wishes; there will be lots of fireworks going off here to celebrate America's birthday.

  2. Hi Kelli; I have to say that your veg-growing skills have certainly "blossomed" in the time I have known you! Those radishes look perfect. So do the turnips. And the celery...

  3. Some lovely harvests there. I've never eaten chive flowers, though I've got plenty in the garden, the bees are loving them. The German radish looks interesting, it's a lovely colour.

  4. Your vegetables look so great. Love your lettuce. I guess it's too hot here to have so lovely lettuce heads.

  5. Hi Kelli, we have been succession sowing lettuce but the sudden onset of sunshine and salad weather has depleted them and it will be a few weeks before the next lot are ready to eat! I have grown radishes for the first time this year as I have a new plot helper and he 'thinks' he would like radishes?!

  6. The garden looks great. You are having a great harvest.